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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416928286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416928287
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. True story: a boy discovers he has an unusual command over the muscles in his intestines. With lots of practice and ambition, Joseph Pujol becomes the Fartiste, the fin-de-siècle sensation of the legendary Moulin Rouge. A bit of Beethoven, a song by Mozart, write Krull (the Lives of... series) and Brewer (You Must Be Joking!) in their rhyming quatrains, A Debussy ditty—all through a fart. (Respectful of their audience's curiosity, the authors also note, his flatulent actions completely lacked smell.) Clearly tickled by the subject matter, Kulikov (The Castle on Hester Street) employs a brassy palette and broad, earthy expressions reminiscent of vintage theatrical posters; he captures both Pujol's consummate showmanship and the joie de vivre of the gas-lit (no pun intended) bohemian world that embraced him. As for the famous flatulence, even the politest company will find its visual interpretation apropos: Kulikov draws each breaking of wind as a cross between a Botticelli-esque cloud and a comic-strip text balloon. The don't-miss afterword discloses that Pujol's actual stage name was Le Petomane (the Fartomaniac) and that his fans included—mais oui!—Sigmund Freud. Ages 4–8. (June)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3—5—Fartiste revives the memory of performance artist Joseph Pujol, who turned the Moulin Rouge on its ear with his talented backside. The narrative breezily explains how a young Pujol discovered that he could command his bowels to do all kinds of things. His symphonic farting was purely recreational until, as an adult struggling to support 10 children, he ventured into Paris and took the artistic community by storm. Much of his act's success apparently relied on his deadpan delivery; his hilariously expressionless face allowed him to play straight man to the low (but impressive) comedy provided by his butt. Eyewitness accounts and film footage report that he could carry tunes, make animal noises, extinguish flames, and more. (Thomas Edison filmed a few seconds of the act for the Paris Exhibition of 1900.) Written in well-rhymed couplets, this gleefully tasteless tale reads easily. Kulikov's illustrations allude to the age of vaudevillian stage performance, painted playbills, and fire-hazard footlights that bronzed everything nearest them in golden warmth. (Predictably, the backs of Pujol's calves, knees, and thighs are most often depicted aglow.) The name-dropping, anecdotal epilogue spans four pages and explains Pujol's real-life notoriety and legitimacy among the most celebrated figures of the day. It's a kitschy, irreverent, silly true story, and what child doesn't love to hear the word "fart" spoken aloud?—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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More About the Author

KATHLEEN KRULL is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of... series. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, CA. Visit her at www.kathleenkrull.com AND http://facebook.com/kathleen.krull

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Spudman
If you enjoy his story, you will enjoy this book, and I think your children will too, if read with appropriate sound effects.
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The story is loosely told in rhyme, but there's an epilog in prose that explains the basis of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Fartiste", by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, is based on the life of a real man named Joseph Pujol. The cover refers to this book as "an explosively funny, mostly true story".

Young Joseph was an eight-year-old French boy when he first discovered his unusual talent. He learned that he could take air into his backside and then make a variety of hilarious sounds when he released it.

When Joseph was older, he was hired at the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. The crowd went crazy when he got on the stage and started farting. He could sneeze, make animal sounds and blast off like dynamite. He could even perform Beethoven and Mozart! People laughed so hard that nurses were stationed in the aisles to assist people who passed out.

There is an Encore at the end of the book that gives additional biographical information about Joseph Pujol. There is also a list of Sources for students who want to search for more information about this unusual performer.

There are a few words in the book that will send most readers to a dictionary. I was stumped when I read the word "discombobulated".

This book will make history come alive and leave your children absolutely cracking up. They say that truth is stranger than fiction - this book is a great example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald P. Wogen on July 7, 2008
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Another one of those bathroom humor stories, but with a very cute theme. It can be enjoyed by everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
He performed on the same stage as the renowned Sarah Bernhardt. He rubbed shoulders with Toulese-Latrec and Sigmond Freud. He performed in front of kings, queens, presidents, and other nobility. Joseph Pujol, the Fartiste or Le Petomane, entertained thousands at the turn of the 19th century with his unparalleled talent.

In the Fartiste the reader learns about this man's gaseous skills and how he perfected them over a lifetime. Joe's story is told in aabb rhyme accompanied by delightful illustrations. It's hard to pick a favorite moment, but I really like the long streams of flame ingnited by Joe's personal fuel supply.

Fartiste is an engaging, delightful, and entertaining story that defies the reader not to crack a smile. At book's end is a prose retelling of Joe's life, punctuated with a short listing of sources. Have a reluctant reader in the house or just want a little reading fun? Get the Fartiste!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on July 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just about the time I was starting to think "This is such an absurd concept! This would never happen!" I remembered that it was based on a true story. For this story is about a man who has an uncanny ability to control his toots! And, frankly, why not capitalize on this talent? ;)

I definitely feel this book is more of a "classy" gassy book. Instead of inserting the "fart" word anywhere and everywhere "just because," the selection of flatulent words were specifically chosen and with a delightful literary array.

The illustrations were quite fitting and aided in the telling of the tale. And what really bumped this book up, in my opinion, was the fact that it was also a rhyming book! And, for the most part, about 90% of the time, the rhymes flowed and clipped along without me stumbling over them (something few rhyming books actually do).

All in all, it was loads of fun (for any age!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kaw on July 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"At long last he used a skill no one had;
In public, on stage, he farted. Egad!
Fashioning music out of the air,
Blasting out tunes from his one derriere.

One day a baker with butter and yeast,
And the next--voila!--he was JOE, the Fartiste."

This is the story of Joseph Pujol, born in Marseille, France in 1857. When he was eight years old, he discovered that he could control the muscles of his intestines. With practice, he could take air into his sphincter and release it in all manner of sounds! At first, this just provided amusement to himself and his friends and family (especially his children!) but with a growing family and his meager baker's salary, Pujol decided to take his toot-tastic artistry to a new level and went to the Moulin Rouge, in Paris, to perform. Soon, word of his fabulous abilities spread and even King Leopold II of Belgium made a point of seeing a performance! American Inventor Thomas Edison even filmed a few seconds of the show for the 1900 Paris Exhibition.

I really wished I could have seen Le Petomane, translated to "Fartomaniac" or "Fartiste", perform after I read this book! I'm sure it would have been such a riot and I'm not sure anyone has come along since with this rare talent!!! The story is amusing and engaging in itself told in pleasant rhyme and with engaging illustrations, at once showing historic detail while also being funny, but the fact that it is true and that Krull so skillfully wove in other historic persons (such as Sarah Bernhardt) into the story (and provided such an informative Author's Note) bumps this up to five stars for me. After reading the abysmal "Walter the Farting Dog", I wished that there was a better "fart book" out there and "Farstiste" delivers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer's FARTISTE: AN EXPLOSIVELY FUNNY, MOSTLY TRUE STORY tells of the artist Joe the Fartiste, who takes the stage at Paris' Moulin Rouge to perform his fart art for royalty. Boris Kulikov's bright and fun art illustrates this 'mostly true' story for ages 5-8.
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